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WHEN 3 MINUTES WITH THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ISN'T ENOUGH
Collegeologist joins WIN Second Saturday Workshops
East Hartford, CT- February 10, 2014- Having visited over 300 colleges during the past eight years, Dorine Russo embodies the term, “Collegeologist”—a word she coined from her experience as a guidance counselor. With ideal case loads, [according to the American School Counselor Association] of 250 students to one counselor, Russo felt challenged “negotiating the necessary time to guide [her] students” and found that that there was a “huge need for social, emotional and college career readiness support for kids and their families.” Noticing a lack of college consultants in the Farmington Valley area, Russo changed career directions and became professionally affiliated with the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Mrs. Russo attributes her recent involvement with the Women’s Independence Network to past clients that had gone through divorce and took on the college process. Seeing it as an opportunity to “give back to moms that need specialized guidance,” Russo aims to give parents the tools needed to aid their children during the college selection process and peace of mind in knowing that they are not alone. Future Second Saturday attendees can expect to learn what stage their child is in at the college selection process and where they need the most support. Russo commented that the number one question from parents and students seeking college guidance is, “Where do we start?” When probed as to the second most common question, she exclaimed, “How do we do this and what is going to be our financial responsibility?” Russo engages students who are on the fence about deciding a major through a strong self-reflective process, aimed at discovering interests that could translate to a future career. She stresses the importance of a student focusing on what they enjoy doing as opposed to what they think they can put up with to earn a paycheck. Amidst a sea of applications and confusion, Russo exclaims, “There are over 4,000 institutions. One of them is for you and will fit the bill.”
Dorine Russo is an independent educational and college consultant, whose more than two decades of experience and life-long relationships as a teacher, school counselor, business professional and parent. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration along with a double minor in English and Sociology; an M.S. in Education N-6 with a Certificate in Reading from the State of New York; and an M.A. in School Counseling. More information can be found on her website: www.thecollegeologist.com
About Women’s Independence Network: The Women’s Independence Network was established to provide education, support and guidance to women in transition. WIN offers tools and resources for those who are in the process of, recently, or currently divorced or widowed. ‘Second Saturday’ workshops are run in multiple locations throughout the country where attendees can connect with professionals in their local community who can guide them through their transition. Workshops occur the second Saturday of every month, typically for three hours beginning at 9:00am. More information can be found at www.allaboutwin.com
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WIN’S MISSION SUPPORTS THE "MANAGING CHANGE INTO POSSIBILITIES" THEME OF THE 2014 GREATER HARTFORD WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
Hartford, Connecticut, March 26, 2014 – Women passionate about “managing change into possibilities” filled Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering Facility at the 7th Annual Greater Hartford Women’s Conference™ on Tuesday. Among the conference exhibitors were a community of professionals committed to volunteering their time to help women transitioning due to divorce or widowhood through the Women’s Independence Network (WIN).
A group of WIN volunteers were present at yesterday’s conference to spread the word about their monthly divorce workshop in room 311 at Goodwin College in East Hartford. The team is comprised of a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™), divorce attorney and estate planning attorney, a professional organizer, family therapist and a collegeologist—specializing in guiding students and parents through the college application process. One key theme expressed in their conversations throughout the day was the outlook of viewing change as a pro—filled with possibilities while utilizing the power of positive thinking, perseverance and laughter.
About Women’s Independence Network: The Women’s Independence Network was established to provide education, support and guidance to women in transition. WIN offers tools and resources for those who are in the process of, recently, or currently divorced or widowed. WIN’s ‘Second Saturday’ workshops are run in multiple locations throughout the country where attendees can connect with professionals in their local community who can guide them through their transition. Workshops occur the second Saturday of every month, typically for three hours beginning at 9:00am. More information can be found at www.allaboutwin.com or by calling 855.200iWIN (4946).
Divorcing Women Can 'WIN' with Teamwork
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The Shoreline WIN-Second Saturday Divorce Workshop volunteer team (left to right): Julie McNulty (financial advisor), Elizabeth Hale (therapist), Lovisa Johnsson (mortgage lender/budget counselor), Laura Grom (life coach), Victoria Lanier (matrimonial attorney), and MaryBeth Joyce (real estate broker).